Podcast Episode #169: The Truth About Einstein and Whether He Failed at Mathematics as a Child

In this episode of the podcast, you’re going to learn whether there is any truth to the idea that Albert Einstein failed at mathematics as a child.  You’re also going to learn a bunch of other very interesting Albert Einstein facts. [TRANSCRIPT]

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  • Redshift increases with distance
    The law states that the greater the distance between any two galaxies, the greater their relative speed of separation.

    This discovery was the first observational support for the Big Bang theory which had been proposed by Georges Lemaître in 1927 – a Belgian Roman Catholic priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Université catholique de Louvain.

    Earlier, in 1917, Albert Einstein had found that his newly developed theory of general relativity indicated that the universe must be either expanding or contracting. Unable to believe what his own equations were telling him, Einstein introduced a cosmological constant (a “fudge factor”) to the equations to avoid this “problem”.

    In the 1930s, Hubble was involved in determining the distribution of galaxies and spatial curvature. These data seemed to indicate that the universe was flat and homogeneous, but there was a deviation from flatness at large redshifts.
    When Einstein learned of Hubble’s redshifts, he immediately realized that the expansion predicted by General Relativity must be real, and in later life he said that changing his equations was “the biggest blunder of [his] life.”
    In fact, Einstein apparently once visited Hubble and tried to convince him that the universe was expanding.
    The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, one of six physicists who, in 1964, proposed the mechanism that suggested the existence of such a particle. Although Higgs’s name has come to be associated with this theory, several researchers between about 1960 and 1972 each independently developed different parts of it.
    In mainstream media the Higgs boson has often been called the “God particle”, from a 1993 book on the topic; the nickname is strongly disliked by many physicists, including Higgs, who regard it as inappropriate sensationalism.
    In 2013 Peter Higgs and François Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery.
    Other references:
    Stephen William Hawking – born 8 January 1942
    The Higgs boson or Higgs particle
    Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953)
    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
    The European Organization for Nuclear Research – known as CERN
    The International Space Station (ISS)

    – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Albert Heisenberg

    Einstein and Newton are the two greatest scientists geniuses of all-time. Period.

    The man was an absolute genius – and is probably the most influential figure in the history of quantum mechanics (see: Douglas Stone “Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian”

    The Greatest.